At the ceremony to announce the programme (Photo: voh.com.vn)
 
HCM City (VNA) – About 500 children with hydrocephalus will receive free surgery financed by the Hang Huu Charity Fund starting this year, announced Chairwoman of the Hang Huu Heart Programme Nguyen Phuong Hang in Ho Chi Minh City on March 12.

The programme will be carried out simultaneously with the fund’s another providing free heart surgery for children from disadvantaged families nationwide, which has been carried out since 2014, Hang said.

In addition, the Hang Huu Heart Programme will provide local hospitals with necessary equipment for the surgery.

Families of child patients with congenital cardiac disease and hydrocephalus can register for free surgery at the Cho Ray Hospital and the Children’s Hospital No.1 in HCM City, and the Da Nang General Hospital.

According to doctor Phan Minh Tri from the Children’s Hospital No.1, hydrocephalus is among most dangerous diseases for newborn babies, causing direct harms to the patients’ nervous system and leaving severe after-effects without prompt and suitable treatment.

As surgery is the only cure, each year, the hospital performs up to 70 operations on children with hydrocephalus in the southern region, he added. -VNA